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James McBride is the author of several distinguished books, including “The Color of Water,” a memoir that spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list
James McBride is the author of several distinguished books, including “The Color of Water,” a memoir that spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list and is widely considered a modern classic. McBride’s most recent book, “Deacon King Kong”(Riverhead), is a novel set in 1969 that explores intricately woven storylines behind a seemingly inexplicable act of violence. McBride’s previous novel,“The Good Lord Bird,” won the National Book Award in 2013.
In 2016, President Obama awarded McBride the National Humanities Medal, for “humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America.” McBride is also an accomplished musician and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
About Deacon King Kong
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In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning, The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters–caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York–overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge,McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.
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